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Nashville Songwriting: Master The Art Of Lyricism, Storytelling, And Song

Learn the Nashville approach to songwriting and transform the way you write lyrics, tell stories, and make music in any genre. In this class, #1 Nashville songwriter Shane McAnally takes you into his studio and teaches you his complete songwriting process — the same process he’s used to write 48 career #1 songs. Follow along as he writes 3 brand new songs from start to finish, right in front of you, explaining everything he’s doing along the way.

$449.99

What’s included:

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    In-depth video lessons (7h 25m)

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    Step-by-step curriculum

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    Online and at your own pace

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    Watch on all devices

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    Unlimited lifetime access

Taught by

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The #1 Nashville songwriter working today. Over 48 career #1 songs. Most nominated songwriter in CMA history. Considered one of the best living lyricists.
What you’ll learn
Shane McAnally's unique Nashville Songwriting process from start to finish
Finding inspiration & mining song ideas from everything around you
The complete art of wordplay & lyricism
Rhyme, cadence, and Nashville Math
Writing effective lyrics
Constructing original, unexpected hook phrases
Composing music & chord progressions
Effective storytelling through song
Writing memorable, compelling melodies
Song structure & arrangements
Collaboration, co-writing, and preparing for a Nashville-style session
How to find success as a songwriter

Class Overview

Write better songs & transform your lyrics
Often times, the difference between a good song and a truly great song is in the lyrics. Most up-and-coming songwriters find themselves writing songs with “unoriginal concepts” or “stale lyrics”, even despite a concerted effort otherwise. The result is that their songs are too “on the nose”, boring, or unremarkable. In this class, #1 Nashville songwriting Shane McAnally teaches everything he knows about writing truly original, memorable, Grammy-worthy lyrics — the Nashville approach to songwriting. This approach isn’t just for country music, but can be applied to any genre of music, from pop and rock to R&B and hip hop, and everything in between. You’ll learn how to mine the world for truly original and interesting song concepts — everything you hear, read, see, or experience can be transformed into the idea or hook for a song. During class, Shane brings you into his studio and shares with you his entire creative process from start to finish. Follow along with Shane as he writes three brand new songs completely from scratch, starting from how he finds his initial ideas, all the way through mixing, mastering, and exporting the final tracks. For each song in class, Shane starts the song from a different point of inspiration: For Song #1, Shane focuses on wordplay and lyricism, finding inspiration from a song title. For Song #2, Shane focuses on storytelling, finding inspiration from a real-life personal story. For Song #3, Shane focuses on collaboration, finding inspiration from a co-writer in the room. Each of the songs builds on the ideas from the previous songs, allowing you to develop a comprehensive view of Shane’s process. Along the way, Shane explains everything that he’s doing and thinking in detail — every idea, decision, tool, and technique. There’s no where else you can get this level of intimate access to Shane McAnally’s brain and process. By the end of the class, you’ll develop a holistic understanding of the Nashville approach to songwriting, transforming the way you write lyrics, tell stories, and make music in any genre.

Lessons (13)

Apply what you learn

Follow Shane McAnally’s proven process, step by step

In the class, Shane McAnally breaks down his songwriting process into clear, actionable steps. Follow along with Shane’s process step by step and write your own Nashville-style songs, no matter the genre. You can also watch Shane’s process in full first and then bring the ideas, tools, and techniques into your own projects. By following Shane’s proven process, you’ll learn everything you need to write songs like this:

Who’s this class for?
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You’re a fan of Shane McAnally and are curious to see what happens behind the scenes. You’re looking for inspiration and access to a world you normally can’t see.

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You want to learn exactly how Shane McAnally does what he does. Watch his real, start-to-finish process, including how he navigates every decision, setback, and more.

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You want to know all of Shane McAnally’s insider secrets — the exact tools and techniques he uses, his hard-won lessons, and well-guarded industry secrets.

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meet your instructor
Shane McAnally

Shane McAnally has written over 48 career #1 songs and is the most nominated songwriter in CMA history. He's spent his career in Nashville, writing songs for many of the most well-known artists in country and pop music, like Kacey Musgraves, Kelly Clarkson, Sam Hunt, Halsey, Kenny Chesney, Lady A., John Legend, Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett, the Jonas Brothers and many others. In Shane's Studio, he's sharing his real, behind-the-scenes songwriting process: Watch him write original songs from start to finish, on camera, as he explains everything he's doing and thinking in detail. This Studio is designed to help you learn the Nashville approach to songwriting by seeing how Shane does it firsthand.

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Watch On All Devices
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Unlimited Lifetime Access
On Studio, you get unlimited lifetime access to every class you purchase. Pay once and use your class lessons as valuable references forever.

Frequently asked questions

$449.99

What’s included:

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    In-depth video lessons (7h 25m)

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    Step-by-step curriculum

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    Online and at your own pace

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    Watch on all devices

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    Unlimited lifetime access

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